For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. – Ephesians 5:8-9
So having shared my pain situation with you yesterday, here is the latest update.
My family dentist took one look and sent me over to a specialist (endodontist). But the endodontist cannot proceed with the root canal until the infection and swelling are first relieved, so he started me on a new antibiotic and a steroid. Both dentists said they have their hands tied when it comes to writing prescriptions for pain treatment (So I’d like to say “thanks a lot!” to those who have so abused pain-pills, because now people who really need them are often shut out).
The lowest moment of this whole experience came when the endodontist performed a “cold” test to pinpoint the source of the pain. “Please be careful,” I said. “This tooth has been unreasonably cold sensitive for several weeks. I am liable to go through the ceiling.”
“I guess you did warn me!” he said after my inner “Hulk” emerged for what felt like a very long two seconds before leaving me curled up in a ball sobbing, a pitiful blubbering wreck who needed a lot of Kleenex.
So I am hoping and praying the pain goes away soon. It is exhausting.
Serenity is a good workspace:
This leads me to the image I am counting on helping me through today, as I do have a lot of work to complete.
I really do enjoy my study. Yes, it gets out of control messy much of the time but that’s only because it’s not a museum, I do use it.
I love the sensation of being surrounded by books, of having my guitars nearby and accessible, of seeing the trees through the windows, of sitting in my easy chair when I need to pause and reflect, or read, or take a phone call.
This study has a real soul, palpable, and I believe you could know something about me just by sitting in the leather chair and letting the books, the photographs, the memorabilia, the instruments, the messy desk – and more – all soak in.
Next time I tidy up I’ll set up an annotated photo tour, and I’ll share a few details: like the steamer trunk my grandfather travelled with in the 1930’s that passed on to my dad for some of his travels, and now serves as a side-table. Or the “Golden Apple” from when I was recognized for some cutting edge work as a teacher. Or my old English school cap.
So that’s where I am this morning. Still in pain but hopeful. Getting some work done and grateful for this space – and that I can.
Not just “peace and light” to you, but “be peace and light,” let God work through you – DEREK
“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!”
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.